Santa’s not real?

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The Daily Prompt today is this – The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .) : a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?

Some of my fondest childhood memories involved these mystical creatures.  There was an untainted enjoyment and a childlike sense of wonder that reality had not yet jaded.

I can certainly remember being horrified when my big brother dashed my illusory beliefs in these magical beings, but I didn’t hold any ill-will towards my parents for “lying” to me about their existence.  My childhood was kept childlike because of that continued facade.

I think of how my impressionable years would have been corrupted with reality and my imagination would have been stifled had I known the truth.  Believing in those fictitious characters allowed my creativity to plant a seed that continued to grow.  Even after I was told these creatures did not exist in physical bodies, the spirit they embrace remains the same.

Would I have wanted to grow up knowing the truth?  No way.  Those make-believe characters are still as much a part of my heart today as they were when I was a kid.  See you at Christmas, Santa!

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24 thoughts on “Santa’s not real?

  1. I don’t recall exactly how I learned the truth. I was the younger sibling, so it’s possible that my sister told me, but I think she liked me not knowing since she was “in on the secret.”

    • My nephews are at that stage now. It’s hard knowing the oldest is old enough to understand the charm in his brother still believing. It seems like just yesterday they were 6 and 3….where did the time go?

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  5. My oldest son is a very sensitive child and he was downright furious when he realized we’d been lying to him for years. Apparently, I screwed up my Easter Bunny duty and when he determined the Easter Bunny was a hoax, Santa and all his buddies evaporated too. Hoping someday he’ll forgive me. He’ll be 12 and he is still annoyed about it. 😉

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